Ghast"ly (?), a. [Compar. Ghastlier (?); superl. Ghastliest.] [OE. gastlich, gastli, fearful, causing fear, fr. gasten to terrify, AS. gaestan. Cf. Aghast, Gast, Gaze, Ghostly.]


Like a ghost in appearance; deathlike; pale; pallid; dismal.

Each turned his face with a ghastly pang. Coleridge.

His face was so ghastly that it could scarcely be recognized. Macaulay.


Horrible; shocking; dreadful; hideous.

Mangled with ghastly wounds through plate and mail. Milton.


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Ghast"ly, adv.

In a ghastly manner; hideously.

Staring full ghastly like a strangled man. Shak.


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